G.I. Joe and the Transformers is a four-issue limited series produced by Marvel Comics in 1986, featuring the first encounter between two of Hasbro's most successful franchises.


G.I. Joe and the Transformers issues
#1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | TPB


Items of note

  • The G.I. Joe and the Transformers limited series had no apparent short or long-term affects on the events of the regular G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic. Indeed, the main comic made no reference to it whatsoever and it was effectively ignored.
  • The reverse is not true however. Several editors notes in the G.I. Joe and the Transformers limited series reference the events in the regular series in an effort to establish their place in the main continuity.
  • A note in G.I. Joe and the Transformers #1 places the events sometime after G.I. Joe #50.
  • A note in G.I. Joe and the Transformers #2 urges the reader to read G.I. Joe #55 to see if the characters are correct in assuming that Cobra Commander is really dead.
  • A note in G.I. Joe and the Transformers #4 lets the reader know they can read more about Snake-Eyes recent run in with Cobra in G.I. Joe Yearbook #3.
  • The limited series takes between issues #23 and #27 of of the Marvel US Transformers comic.
  • As a result of changes to the leadership of Cobra, the Autobots and Decepticons in both regular titles during its run the limited series can be confusing when read on its own.
  • The series was initially ignored by the Marvel UK Transformers comic who provided their own story explaining the change from Bumblebee to Goldbug. The series was later reprinted in 1990 to plug a gap in schedules but always presented as being out of regular continuity.
  • Although the title of the series is G.I. Joe and the Transformers, solicitations and monthly comic line ups listed it as G.I. Joe vs. Transformers.

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